17th March 2012
Restaurant: El Loco | Link
Location: Surry Hills
Cuisine: Mexican (Bar food)
Rating: 6/10 – Servings are small and doesn’t really taste Mexican-y, cocktails
are nice and service was attentive especially for a busy bar!
Having to park on Riley Street, I had to walk cautiously down the steep
Foveaux Street with my high heels to get to El Loco (the entrance is on
Bellevue Street, next to Excelsior Hotel). As soon as I arrived at El Loco, I
can why the bar is named "the crazy one" in Spanish - it was packed
with people with loud music with waiters bustling through the crowd carrying
tacos and other food to customers on a large tray on their shoulders (true
I went there because of their $5 tacos recommended in SMH's "Cheap Eats". When we were deciding what to
order, I saw the reason for their cheap price - the tacos was the size of my
palms (my palm is average girl sized, Candice's is smaller). I wanted the Al
Pastor (spit roasted pork, pineapple salsa) tacos, but they sold out, so we end
up getting the Corn Chips with guacamole and
salsa, Empanadas and “Camaron” (prawn, salsa verde, pico de gallo), “Pollo”
(chicken, sweet corn salsa) & lamb tacos (all $5 each). For drinks we
ordered both classic and frozen margaritas.
All the tables were taken but we were lucky enough to find one spare
chair to put our bags on (I went there with a few girls). Our food arrived
shortly after a few sips of our margaritas and a waitress found us a few more
chairs so we can put our food and drinks on.
The salsa for the corn chips was quite bland, but the guacamole was
nice. The empanadas were hot (temperature-wise) so the cheese is melted just
the way I like it and the jalapeños inside met my spicy craving. The
accompanying sauce was flavorsome, so it became the dipping for our corn chips!
The tacos, there wasn’t much flavour into it and it was quite clumsy to
eat especially if you’re standing up AND if you have a small mouth like me.
Liquid from the salsa kept dripping out from the paper “container” so be
careful if you’re wearing open toe shoes! If you really want tacos, I only
recommend the lamb, which had a bit more Mexican taste than the prawn and
chicken (it was one of the specials on the night I went, so it’s not on the
online menu). Oh, almost forgot the alcohol, I like the frozen margarita better
than the classic because it cooled me down from the heat inside the bar.
Overall, I would not recommend this bar for those who wants authentic
Mexican food nor to those who wants to have deep conversations because the
music was so loud that we had to practically shout to each other. But if you
go, do try the empanadas!